It's not hard to figure out where 2018 three-star receiver Michael Wilson's desire to go into engineering or medicine came from: His father started his professional life as an iron worker at Fontana Steel, and 35 years later, is a foreman. His mother is a nurse at a children's hospital.
"He was doing the dirty work, but as he got older, he ended up in an office, helping with blueprints and overseeing everything," Wilson said.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1736534-bearterritory-gift... With a 4.3 grade point average, the junior pass catcher can just about write his ticket wherever he wants, academically, but it's his prowess on the football field that's got him offers from Washington, Arizona State, UCLA, Yale and, as of Sunday, California. This past season, Wilson was named first-team All-Mission League for West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, piling up 70 catches, 12 touchdowns and 1,279 receiving yards.
"It's good to go to a school that offers the best in academics and athletics," Wilson said. "Academics are a big part for me and my family, so I want to go to a school that can benefit me, education-wise, to get a degree like that."
The fact that Jake Spavital and the Bears run a pass-heavy offense is a bonus.
"Obviously, everyone knows that they have an Air Raid offense, so, if you're a receiver, that's one of the places that you want to go, because their offense is going to put you in a position where you can shine and really showcase your talents," said Wilson.
Wilson's first offer came from the Huskies, a team with which he's more than familiar.
"I know three players that are up at Washington. Most of the Chaminade kids, from my team, usually end up at Washington, like JoJo McIntosh," said Wilson.
While the Huskies certainly hold high interest for Wilson, the offer from Cal inside receiver coach Jacob Peeler made waves, especially with his receiver coach.
"There was a lot of excitement, because my receiver coach, his dream school, for me, is Cal," said Wilson.
He trains me, and it's just good to know that all the hard work he's put in, has paid off."
That receiver coach is former Washington State receiver Jerome Riley, who caught 93 balls for 1,569 yards in two seasons in Pullman, from 2001 to 2002.
"That's one of his main schools, up there, as well as Washington, but it's because of the offense they run," Wilson said. "Cal's going to put me in the right position to succeed. You don't have to wonder when your next ball is coming, because the offense they run, they're throwing it often."
The Bears like Wilson just as he is: A downfield threat on the outside. Wilson runs a 4.6 40, but prides himself on his route-running in the Eagles' spread system, the result of "a lot of cone work, beach workouts, explosive work -- squats, lunges, things that power my legs -- and running up hills," Wilson said.
He does want to work on his get-off speed, but once he's down field, Wilson is physical going up for 50/50 balls. peaking of going up, he'll be going up to Berkeley after the new year for Cal's Elite Junior Day, as he works on his "developing" relationship with Peeler.